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36 Month Financing is Back — for a Limited Time!

0% interest for 36 months on qualifying orders $699 and up; that's what Sweetwater's 36 Month Financing is all about. Just your Sweetwater Musician's All Access Platinum Card, make the required 36 equal monthly... Read more »

Shure MVL Mobile Lavalier Mic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iWOaiVV93A Thomas Banks from Shure presents the MVL Mobile Lavalier Mic. Just plug the MVL into the headphone jack of any smartphone or tablet computer with recording capabilities... Read more »

The Definitive Press Kit Guide for Musicians

Want to get noticed by the press? Then you're going to need a press kit — and not just a selfie and quick email, but a well-designed, professional package that conveys what you and your music are all about... Read more »

Shure MVi USB Interface Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VsDR89KW8c Thomas Banks from Shure presents the MVi USB interface for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android. The class A preamp includes phantom power for your condenser mics, and there are... Read more »

Shure MV5 USB Microphone Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX_rkOfycCw Thomas Banks from Shure presents the MV5 USB microphone for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android. This all-in-one microphone/audio interface includes three DSP presets for... Read more »

Is Your Music Good Enough?

Here's an interesting article we stumbled across on how to step back and evaluate whether your music is really ready for release or not. It's hard for all of us to be objective about our art, and the tips in this... Read more »

Time Guru Metronome App Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhfmiw-2zO8 Mitch Gallagher presents the Time Guru Metrome app. It's a great practice partner with lots of options. You can change the metronome sound, select custom time signatures... Read more »

Shure MV88 Mid-side Microphone for iOS Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQNDRGvzt3o Thomas Banks from Shure presents the MV88, a mid-side microphone with a Lightning connector for iOS devices. You can record 24-bit/48kHz audio straight to your device... Read more »

Updating to OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Today (September 30, 2015) Apple is releasing the latest update to the Mac operating system, OS X 10.11 "El Capitan." It offers many compelling new features for general use, such as improved performance, split... Read more »

Apple Releases OS X El Capitan

Apple has unveiled the latest version of OS X, OS X 10.11 — nicknamed "El Capitan." The new operating system for Mac computers adds many useful enhancements, including new ways to manage multiple windows and... Read more »

What is the YouTube -13 LUFS Loudness Reference Level?

LUFS (Loudness Units before Full Scale) is a synonym for Loudness, K-weighted, relative to Full Scale (LKFS), which is a loudness standard that aims to normalize loudness levels across broadcast mediums. In other... Read more »

Shure MV51 USB Microphone Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bi2ikI_YvI Thomas Banks from Shure presents the Motiv MV51 USB microphone for Mac, PC, iOS, and Android. A 1" condenser microphone element onboard the MV51 captures clear sound... Read more »

Looking for Inspiration? Create Your Own Presets!

So you just bought a new synthesizer, programmable effects processor, or plug-in, and you love the presets. You're thrilled with how it sounds. You explore every preset, tweaking them to your taste and it's... Read more »

The Where, What, and When of iOS 9 Low Power Mode

iOS 9 offers a new battery-saving feature for the iPhone called "Low Power Mode." You'll find the new Low Power Mode slider in Settings > Battery and it tells you "Low Power Mode temporarily reduces power... Read more »

Should I Wait to Update to iOS 9?

With the release of any new operating system, there are always questions of compatibility with existing apps, software, accessories, and hardware. Apple's new iOS 9 operating system has so far proven to be rock... Read more »

Reface Capture App Released

Yamaha has released a free app that allows you to store and recall Reface Voices on iOS devices. Each stored Voice can be rated, named, and given a custom image from your photo library. Additional features include a... Read more »

How to Install iOS 9

Apple has released iOS 9 — if your iOS device is running iOS 8, you may have received a notification on your iOS device that the new version is available. If you didn't, don't worry, all devices compatible... Read more »

How to Make Your Recording Space Sound Great

It's a fact that most home studios are, well, in homes. And while this makes many things easier (for example, getting to the session on time), there is one thing that is inescapable — the average bedroom is... Read more »

RME Babyface Pro Audio Interface Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfqFCp8-XzE Mitch Gallagher explores the RME Babyface Pro audio interface with his iPad. An updated version of the acclaimed Babyface, the Babyface Pro reduces the need for bulky... Read more »

Effects Tip: Use an Octave Effect to Thicken your Sound

This effects tip is good for any instrument, and it works both for recording and live performance. If you want to thicken up the tone of an instrument, consider using an octave effect. Mix it in subtly, to the point... Read more »

What is the Difference between a Wire and a Cable?

A "wire" is a single conductor (typically copper, but silver, aluminum, gold, and other materials are also used) that may be solid or stranded. Two or more insulated wires grouped together in a sleeve or jacket... Read more »

Mini but Mighty

Apple has announced the iPad Mini 4, the latest generation of the compact version of the popular iPad family. The new iPad Mini 4 is 18& thinner and lighter (only 0.65 pounds) than previous generations, yet it is... Read more »

Home Studio Handbook

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide, the Home Studio Handbook! It's no secret that home studios are all the rage, and for good reason — the gear is so affordable, and with a home... Read more »

Apple Unveils iPad Pro

Apple has announced a big addition (literally) to their iPad family — the iPad Pro! With a screen that measures nearly 13 inches — 78% larger than an iPad 2 — and the most advanced Retina display... Read more »